PIA

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What is the Microsoft Primary Interop Assembly?

Description

The Microsoft Primary Interop Assembly is a collection of libraries created by Microsoft, and included in most installs of Microsoft Office. The PIA is used by the GMetrix software to communicate with the Microsoft Office software installed on your computer. Without the PIA installed, the GMetrix Software will be unable to function correctly.

Potential Problems and Errors

The following is a list of the most common errors that the GMetrix software encounters when the PIA is missing:

  • Tests will not start. After selecting a test, and clicking "Start" to begin the test, the GMetrix software closes without warning.
  • "Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation" error when clicking "Next" after answering a question.
  • "The product you have selected is not currently installed on this machine; please select a different test" error. This can be caused by the missing PIA, or a missing addon. For the article about addons, click here

Fixes

If you suspect that the PIA is missing, you can check by using the GMetrix Check Office App feature in the GMetrix Software.

  1. Launch GMetrix, so that you are on the log in page, but not logged in yet.
  2. In the lower left corner of the program, click, "Check Office App"
  3. The output shows Green Check Marks for the products that have the PIA working correctly.
  4. If you have an Office product installed on your computer, and there is a Red X next to that product, that product is missing its PIA.

So, how do we fix the problem? Microsoft provides the PIA files as a redistributable file that can be downloaded from their site. Click the appropriate link to go to the Microsoft site to download the PIA files.

Office 2007

Office 2010

The office 2013 PIA files have not yet been released as a redistributable. This page will update as soon as they are available.

Download and run the .exe file from that page. That will save a .msi file to your computer that can be run to install the PIA files.

This should resolve any problems caused by the PIA files.